WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – ENCHANTED FOREST PARK, FL
This photograph of a Gray Squirrel was taken at Enchanted Forest Park in North Miami, Florida. Camera gear used was a Nikon D90 with a Tamron 28-300mm lens.
Squirrel’s belong to the order “Rodentia”, with 1650 species, it is the largest group of living mammals. It also comprises forty percent of all present day mammal species.
There are over 365 species of squirrels in seven families. They include the tree squirrel, ground squirrel, and flying squirrel. Plus many squirrel-like mammals such as the gopher, ground hog and prairie dog.
Squirrels are the most active in late winter, when the mating season begins. The males will chase a females, as well as, chase off other suitors. This ritual of chasing, occurs through the trees at top speed.